Chandler vs Perry

Chandler senior running back Daveon “Dae Dae” Hunter was half of a two-headed monster at running back with junior Eli Sanders in the Wolves’ win over Perry on Friday night.

Every meeting between Chandler and Perry seems to end in similar fashion. A lot of points scored and a lot of yards gained by both teams. 

And just like the every meeting between the two district rivals dating back to 2013, it was Chandler that came out on top. 

The Wolves used went to the ground early and often, unleashing senior Daveon “Dae Dae” Hunter and junior Eli Sanders to defeat the Pumas, 84-49 on Friday night. 

“They’re a two-headed monster,” Chandler coach Rick Garretson said of his two running backs. “We had two starting offensive linemen out tonight so those kids really stepped up to the plate.”

Hunter was the first to get things going early in the first quarter, as he found the end zone just a few plays into Chandler’s opening drive on a 52-yard run. 

The next series, it was Sanders’ turn to make his debut as a member of the Wolves after transferring from Mountain Pointe at the end of last season. The junior sat out Chandler’s first five contests due the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s transfer rule. 

On just his second carry, he broke free for a 42-yard touchdown. 

"They both have power, they both have speed and they both catch the ball well," Garretson said of Sanders and Hunter. "We want to be a physical football team and get after it. That's what we did tonight."

Sanders would again find the end zone on Chandler’s next drive, this time form 19 yards out

The two backs would trade offensive series throughout the first half, with both finding success on the ground. Sanders and Hunter combined to rush for 301 yards in the first half. 

Sanders had three touchdowns on the ground and on through the air on a 6-yard pass from Chandler quarterback Mikey Keene. Hunter, meanwhile, had two rushing touchdowns of his own in the first two quarters of play. 

"The way we prepare and work throughout the week, it allows us to do this," Hunter said. "From the line blocking to the receivers, it allows us to show out and the whole team do good."

Throughout most of the first quarter, Perry answered each blow dealt from Chandler. 

Pumas quarterback Chubba Purdy, a Louisville commit, moved the Perry offense down the field with ease, finding open receivers down field. 

Perry’s first drive ended with a 23-yard run from senior running back Ikenna Nwankwo to tie the game at 7. After Chandler went up by another score, Perry answered thanks to a 66-yard pass from Purdy to junior wideout Cade Berger. 

It wasn’t until midway through the first quarter that Perry’s offense was stopped by the Chandler defense, allowing the Wolves to take a two-touchdown lead they would never relinquish. 

Even then, however, Perry continued fighting. 

Purdy finished 23-for-42 for 326 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 95 yards and three more scores. His top target, senior wideout Jorden Young, hailed in seven passes for 112 yards and a touchdown while Berger caught three passes for 110 yards.

“I didn’t expect that type of game from my defense,” Garretson said. “But our offense, I sure did (expect that type of game)." 

While Chandler’s defense struggled at times to contain Perry, its offense continued to flourish. 

Hunter picked up two more touchdowns early in the third quarter before his night was over. The senior transfer from Colorado finished with 268 rushing yards on 13 carries and scored four touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Sanders had 11 carries for 168 yards and four scores of his own. 

Rodney Clemente and Nicolas Nesbitt, two other Chandler backs that found success this season, also contributed to the Wolves’ offensive outbreak. The two backs had a touchdown each and combined for 160 yards. Meanwhile, Keene found a consistent rhythm through the air when needed, finishing 9-for-11 for 226 yards and three touchdowns. 

"He showed poise and leadership," Garretson said of Keene. "The dynamic leader he is, when he plays, he makes big plays."

Perry (4-3) heads into a bye week before taking on Brophy (7-0) on Oct. 18. 

Chandler (6-0), meanwhile, will be on the road next week to face the Broncos at Phoenix College in a battle between two undefeated teams. 

"This is the Premier Region, we take it day-by-day," Garretson said. "We all know that Brophy does what they're supposed to do, they're very disciplined.

"Coach (Jason) Jewel is doing a great job and we know we have to come out prepared."

Scoring Summary

CHS -- 28   22   21  14 - 84

PHS -- 14   14   7   14 - 49

First

CHS - Hunter 52 run (Peterman kick), 9:47

PHS - Nwankwo 23 run (McCarthy kick), 8:31

CHS - Sanders 42 run (Peterman kick), 7:26

PHS - Purdy 66 pass to Berger (McCarthy kick), 5:56

CHS - Sanders 19 run (Peterman kick), 4:48

CHS - Keene 6 pass to Sanders (Peterman kick), :52

Second

PHS -- Purdy 2 run (McCarthy kick), 9:12

CHS -- Hunter 70 run (Peterman kick), 8:59

PHS -- Purdy 19 pass to Young (McCarthy kick), 3:40

CHS -- Sanders 4 run (Hunter 2-point), 2:15

CHS -- Keene 7 pass to Richmond (Peterman kick), :37

Third

CHS -- Hunter 52 run (Peterman kick), 11:29

PHS -- Purdy 12 run (McCarthy kick), 9:57

CHS -- Hunter 16 run (Peterman kick), 8:59

CHS -- Keene 63 pass to Grayes (Peterman kick), 1:32

Fourth

PHS -- Purdy 2 run (McCarthy kick), 11:07

PHS -- White 3 pass to Veach (McCarthy kick), 7:24

CHS -- Nesbitt 6 run (Peterman kick), 4:58

CHS -- Clemente 86 run (Peterman kick), 3:18

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